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Get the watermelons in and start drinking BEER if water supplies fail in national power outage, crisis planners advise

Brits should eat watermelons if water supplies fail during a national power outage, crisis planners have said. 

The advice was given in a document leaked to The Sun about Project Yarrow, the Government’s analysis of how we might react to a water shortage or power cut.

The report suggests eating fruit with a high water content in the worst-case scenario.

According to healthcare group Bupa, the most water-rich examples are oranges, apples, tomatoes and blueberries. 

The document also points out that drinking beers is better than not having any liquids at all in the case of a severe water shortage, but notes that you should steer clear of dehydrating spirits such as whisky and vodka.  

Brits should munch on some watermelon if water supplies fail during a national power outage, crisis planners have said

Brits should munch on some watermelon if water supplies fail during a national power outage, crisis planners have said

Dr Stuart Galloway of the University of Stirling told MailOnline in June that because beer contains some electrolytes and has a high water content, it can be useful for hydration.

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However, he added that any beneficial effect is likely to be lost if you drink more than two pints.

Drinking rainwater is also suggested in the document as a means of staying hydrated during a water shortage. 

As fears mount over the effect that the severe weather will have on the UK’s energy supplies over the weekend, the National Grid has put a plan in place.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice and snow in Scotland on Saturday, and ice in Wales, and south-west England.

The document also points out that drinking beers is better than not having any liquids at all in the case of a severe water shortage, but notes that you should steer clear of dehydrating spirits such as whisky and vodka

The document also points out that drinking beers is better than not having any liquids at all in the case of a severe water shortage, but notes that you should steer clear of dehydrating spirits such as whisky and vodka

On Sunday the warning for snow will also encompass London and the South East.

The Met Office has finished its weather warning for Northern Ireland, despite some sporting fixtures being cancelled due to the cold.

Manchester Airport briefly closed today due to heavy snow on its runways, with scores of flights affected.

Temperatures are predicted to stay low, reaching -10C in some parts.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: ‘It is staying cold with daytime temperatures remaining only a few degrees above freezing in many places over the coming days and overnight temperatures dropping to -10C or lower in isolated spots.

‘Although below average, these temperatures are not that unusual for this time of year.

‘There is still a risk we could see some freezing fog in places particularly southern England, especially for Sunday and Monday mornings.’

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